I love this salad. Chopped romaine, caramelized walnuts, diced apples, dried cranberries and aged gouda drizzled with an amazing tangy apple vinaigrette. It looks lovely and tastes even better!
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The Organic Kitchen Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

The Salad:

This salad is very simple and easy to assemble. It’s very versatile too. Simple enough for the family, but great for parties and the holidays too. You can purchase caramelized nuts at the store or learn to make your own here.

The Organic Kitchen Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

 

 The Apple Vinaigrette:

Such a lovely salad deserves nothing less than an spectacular dressing. And this apple vinaigrette is just that! Apple juice, extra virgin olive oil, honey, a hint of dijon and white balsamic combine to make the perfect flavor combination for this sweet and savory salad. Many stores carry white balsamic. My first pick is always Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar from Italy. You may get lucky and find it in a store, but I almost always have to buy online. Second choice, O California White Balsamic. (<—Amazon link) I find this one in many stores and it’s a little easier on the wallet.

The Organic Kitchen Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

If you’re a salad lover, this simple salad will be one you’ll want to make over and over again!

Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette from The Organic Kitchen

 The Recipe: Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Tips and what you will need: After using frozen apple juice concentrate, replace lid, cover with plastic wrap and use a rubber to seal, put back in freezer so you can use it again next time! See ‘how to caramelize nuts here. You will need  apple cider vinegar, white balsamic vinegar and sea salt (my favorites) Affiliate links.

The Organic Kitchen Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

I love this salad! Chopped romaine, caramelized walnuts, diced apples, dried cranberries and aged gouda drizzled with an amazing tangy apple vinaigrette. It looks lovely and tastes even better!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipe, light recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For salad:
  • 1 1/2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup good quality Gouda cheese, diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts raw or caramelized, to taste (see link above)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples diced
Apple Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons frozen organic apple juice concentrate Tip! Reseal the can with plastic and a rubber band and place back in freezer to avoid waste
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Instructions
For salad:
  1. Combine ingredients, dress with apple vinaigrette. Toss and serve.
For Dressing:
  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk. Dress salad. Save extra dressing in covered container in the fridge for up to a week. Once plated, add more freshly ground pepper if desired.

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